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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Yeshivas Toras Moshe | Evaluated Learning Experience

Talmud Bava Kama Advanced Survey III (Talmud 358c)

78 hours (26 weeks); in addition 312 hours of supervised study.
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.

August 2001 - December 2007.

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the ninth chapter of Bava Kama; apply analytical skills in talmudic explication; follow the dynamics of talmudic argumentation leading to halakhic conclusions and resolutions, focusing primarily on the commentaries of Rashi and Tosafos; utilize in a complete fashion, the full range of major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text.


The ninth chapter of Bava Kama is addressed, dealing primarily with the laws pertaining to the liability of a thief, the effects theft has on ownership and related issues of theft and indirect damages. Students prepare the applicable talmudic texts as well as the major halakhic opinions of various rishonim and acharonim, including Rashi, Tosafos, and the other commentaries as assigned by the instructor. The instructor guides students in understanding the issues raised, and assists them in deducing and elucidating the crux of these issues. In addition, students are introduced to advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Instruction includes, but is not limited to, discussion of the major relevant halakhic topics. Topics include: analysis of the effect theft has on ownership; laws of an apotiki; hezek sh'ayno nikar; indirect forms of damage; chiuv hashava; theft of land and avodim; tainis ganav; and takanos hashavim.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 5 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (12/02). NOTE: Credit should only be awarded once for Talmud 158b, 258b, 358b, 458b (undergraduate level credit recommendation) or 358c. Credit can be awarded for Talmud 358c and Talmud 458b at the graduate degree level.